I LOVE Thanksgiving. Every year I look forward to it and I always want to include Thanksgiving in some way in my lesson plans – even though I teach Spanish. I KNOW, I KNOW, it’s not a “Spanish holiday” exactly, but it is certainly celebrated by people who speak Spanish here in the U.S., and it is also a great way to focus on gratitude with our students, which is something that never hurts. So here are some ideas and lesson plans for digital Thanksgiving activities for Spanish class!
Digital Writing Activities for Thanksgiving in Spanish Class
I love the flexibility Google Slides offers! With this Thanksgiving Break Writing Activity, you can choose to have your students write about what they are going to do over break with simple future, or write about what they did do with the past! It also includes short sentence prompts like what you see pictured above, or longer paragraph options so it’s easy for you to use with multiple levels that you teach!
This is also Year 4 of Samara Speilberg’s gratitude challenge! For the whole month of November, students write in response to her prompts. Click here to see the Slides she’s shared to explain how it works, introduce it to students, and the templates she uses!
I know it’s hard to get our students speaking over Zoom, but this idea from Sarah Breckley is worth a try! Check out this post with two options for sharing Thanksgiving feelings in her Spanish classes.
It could also be as simple as adding a step to your Start of Class Routine for the month of November. One little slide that you can discuss each day to share a little daily gratitude could go a long way!
You know that I love Música Miércoles and using music in my classroom! Here are my top two picks for Thanksgiving songs:
- “Gratitud” by Fonseca – This is what I would call an “oldie but a goodie”. It’s also super straightforward! There’s no analyzing, it’s a clear list! There’s a ton of words that even your novice students can recognize.
- “Si No Te Tengo A Ti” by Álvaro Soler – Who doesn’t love Álvaro? His songs are full of fun rhythms, and he sings clearly! This song is nice because there’s a LOT of “tengo” in it so students hear it a lot, but the chorus is also really comprehensible. To connect it to the holiday students can do a little reflecting to talk about what is important to them. Love it!
These are both resources I’ve used over the past few years so this year they got a little update to work with Google Slides so whether you’re printing them or using them digitally, you’re good to go!
Infographics are always a great option for reading, and I honestly think they work better digitally because you don’t lose the color and graphics like you might when you print. Post them in an online LMS for your students. Change the task to fit their level – Ones might look for cognates while twos answer questions! Up to you.
Check out my Pinterest board here for some more images! I really love the one with different ways to say turkey!
You may have seen me post once or twice since this spring about how much I love Boom Cards for digital learning activities (and so many other things) so I just couldn’t resist making some fun Thanksgiving-themed sets! Click here to see them all!
Thanksgiving Movie Talk
This could really go under reading AND listening, so I just saved it for last! I love a good Movie Talk to give students lots of practice, and this one is just so fun!
Check out my blog post here for a student warm up, Slides, and follow up activity you can use with your students to go with this video!
Digital Thanksgiving Activities for Spanish Class
I hope those give you some ideas of how you can celebrate Thanksgiving in your Spanish classroom (or virtual classroom) this year!
What do you have planned for Thanksgiving with your students? Comment and let me know!